Lesson 5

Work time vs. Family time

Being fired and black listed from hospital work in my home town forced me to become a traveling consultant. I am gone 4 out of 7 days each and every week and live in a hotel 1900 miles from home 4 out of 7 days every week. While it may not seem ideal, it has actually been a blessing and a lesson in itself. Being gone all of the time has helped me to better understand and value the importance of family, letting go, and letting my kids enjoy being kids rather than trying to make them perfect little adults.


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LESSON 4: Got to find a reason why the money’s all gone

I just got my W2s. Between my various on call jobs and my full time gig, I made just shy of 150k before taxes. Since being terminated, I’m lucky if I can get enough shifts at the one on call job I have to make $400 a week before taxes. You can imagine how much it is a shock to my way of living and life suddenly going from having a ton of income to having none.

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Lesson 3: Social Media is Evil, Lawyers are Not

Social media is more than just a snazzy movie from a few years ago. It is a real, breathing, living record of your life. When used properly it can be a diary of the bad times (like this blog) that you can look upon later in life and hopefully laugh about how crappy that time was and how it made you that much more of a stronger person. When used improperly however, social media can be used to destroy any credibility that you have. Continue reading

Lesson 2: Admitting Guilt Induces Rainbow Poop

Addiction is a disease and can be treated.  If you admit to being an addict all will eventually forgiven, people will hold your hand, your HR department and the State Board will offer you sympathy and assistance, rainbows will fly out of your posterior, and the State Board will be there riding pink unicorns along with the Charmin Bear to wipe your bum when you are finished excreting the addiction rainbow.  On the other hand, there is no cure for stupid.
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Lesson 1: You WILL be thrown under the bus

I had a great boss who always told me and others he would stand behind us in any time of turmoil and would gladly take a bullet for us to protect us in the event something happened that was the result of a failure of process. I had no reason to not believe him. Compared to other directors, he was far more transparent and true to his word.  Unfortunately when push came to shove, even my progressive boss threw me under the bus.   Continue reading